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Seven players will be out of team after this World Cup – Shoaib Akhtar

Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hinted that the national team will benefit if their coaching staff is completely changed.

Pakistan have struggled in the ongoing World Cup, where they have won just one of their five games thus far. With their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals in serious danger, Akhtar feels that a coaching staff overhaul is needed.

“Pakistan needs to bring back the right people in order to groom the side,” said Shoaib Akhtar.

“If you keep on bringing in average people, then you will get average performances. Until we come away from mediocre people, they will also bring in other mediocre people – remember that. A mediocre person never likes an extraordinary person as he is better than the mediocre person.”

Pakistan have now only won one of the five World Cup games they have played. Photo: Getty Images

Shoaib Akhtar firmly believes that “seven players in this World Cup squad” will be removed from the national team in the near future.

“After the 1999 World Cup, 10 players played for next 10 years for Pakistan,” said Shoaib Akhtar.

“In contrast, there are seven players in this World Cup squad who will be out of this side soon.`’

Shoaib Akhtar has once again criticised captain Sarfraz Ahmed for choosing to bowl first in his side’s World Cup clash against India last Sunday.

Just a couple days ago, Akhtar called Sarfraz “brainless” for opting to bowl first. On this occasion, he said that the Pakistan skipper doesn’t use his “captaincy, cleverness, smartness and brain”.

India is a big team and it has played well and won – we should be congratulating India,” said Akhtar.

“We won the Champions Trophy and gave them a drubbing and have won many ODIs against them, but it’s unfortunate that we cant win in the World Cup against them, it doesn’t mean Pakistan is a bad team.

“What saddens me is when you don’t use your captaincy, cleverness, smartness and brain.

“The problem was that against a very long Indian batting line-up if we don’t bat on a good wicket then we don’t put them under pressure and give them a chance to score big totals then they will do that and you cannot chase 300 plus.

“You do not have a history of chasing large totals. You knew that in [the] Champions Trophy we won the toss and batted first and so we should have done that this time also.

“If Pakistan had batted first, then even we would have made 300 and India would have come under pressure as this was a big game.”

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